General method to declare the use of critical raw materials in energy-related products

In accordance with standardisation request M/543 it is necessary to consider the "Use and recyclability of Critical Raw Materials to the EU, listed by the European Commission". This standard facilitates this requirement by describing appropriate information on critical materials.

Allgemeines Verfahren zur Deklaration der Verwendung kritischer Rohstoffe in energieverbrauchsrelevanten Produkten

Méthode générale de déclaration de l’utilisation de matières premières critiques dans les produits liés à l'énergie

Le principal objectif du présent document est de fournir un moyen d’échanger et de faire circuler les informations
relatives à l’utilisation des CRM le long de la chaîne d’approvisionnement et avec d’autres parties prenantes
Les utilisateurs potentiels du présent document sont toutes les entreprises privées, publiques ou sociales
impliquées dans la production de produits liés à l’énergie, comme les fabricants de ces produits (y compris les
PME) et les organisations impliquées dans la chaîne d’approvisionnement du produit. Il est également utile aux
autorités européennes des marchés financiers et commerciaux ainsi qu’aux décideurs politiques européens.
Le présent document est de nature horizontale, et peut être appliqué directement à tout type de produit lié à
Le présent document propose un format normalisé de déclaration de l’utilisation de matières premières critiques
dans les produits liés à l’énergie en appliquant la norme de déclaration de matière EN IEC 62474. Toutefois, il
ne fournit ou ne détermine pas de méthode ou d’outil spécifique permettant de recueillir les données des
matières premières critiques.
Les processus chimiques, les émissions lors de la fabrication du produit et le conditionnement ne relèvent pas
du domaine d’application du présent document.

Splošna metoda za navajanje uporabe kritičnih surovin v izdelkih, povezanih z energijo

V skladu z zahtevo po standardizaciji M/543 je treba upoštevati dokument »Uporaba in možnost recikliranja kritičnih surovin v EU, ki jih navaja Evropska komisija«. Ta standard zagotavlja lažje izvajanje te zahteve z opisom ustreznih informacij o kritičnih materialih.

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General method to declare the use of critical raw materials in energy-related products
Allgemeines Verfahren zur Deklaration der Verwendung kritischer Rohstoffe in
energieverbrauchsrelevanten Produkten
Méthode générale de déclaration de l’utilisation de matières premières critiques dans les
produits liés à l'énergie
Ta slovenski standard je istoveten z: EN 45558:2019
13.020.30 Ocenjevanje vpliva na okolje Environmental impact
29.020 Elektrotehnika na splošno Electrical engineering in
31.020 Elektronske komponente na Electronic components in
splošno general
SIST EN 45558:2019 en
2003-01.Slovenski inštitut za standardizacijo. Razmnoževanje celote ali delov tega standarda ni dovoljeno.

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March 2019
ICS 13.020.30; 29.020; 31.020

English Version
General method to declare the use of critical raw materials in
energy-related products
Méthode générale de déclaration de l'utilisation de matières Allgemeines Verfahren zur Deklaration der Verwendung
premières critiques dans les produits liés à l'énergie kritischer Rohstoffe in energieverbrauchsrelevanten
This European Standard was approved by CENELEC on 6 February 2019. CEN and CENELEC members are bound to comply with the
CEN/CENELEC Internal Regulations which stipulate the conditions for giving this European Standard the status of a national standard
without any alteration.
Up-to-date lists and bibliographical references concerning such national standards may be obtained on application to the CEN-CENELEC
Management Centre or to any CEN and CENELEC member.
This European Standard exists in three official versions (English, French, German). A version in any other language made by translation
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Contents Page
European foreword . 3
Introduction . 4
1 Scope . 5
2 Normative references . 5
3 Terms, definitions and abbreviations . 5
3.1 Terms and definitions . 5
3.2 Abbreviations . 8
4 The EN IEC 62474 standard . 8
4.1 Material declaration according to EN IEC 62474 . 8
4.2 Maintenance of IEC 62474 substances list . 9
5 Assessing and declaring the use of CRMs . 9
5.1 Regulated CRMs . 9
5.2 Non-regulated CRMs . 9
5.3 Considerations on compliance . 10
6 Reporting the Use of CRMs . 10
6.1 General . 10
6.2 Elements of the Material Declaration . 10
Annex A (informative) Introduction to the EN IEC 62474 standard . 12
Annex B (informative) Considerations on the declaration of non-regulated CRMs . 18
Annex C (informative) Additional information on the background of this document . 20
Bibliography . 32


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European foreword
This document [EN 45558:2019] has been prepared by CEN/CLC/JTC 10 "Energy-related products - Material
Efficiency Aspects for Ecodesign".
The following dates are fixed:
• latest date by which this document has to be (dop) 2020-02-06
implemented at national level by publication of
an identical national standard or by
• latest date by which the national standards (dow) 2022-02-06
conflicting with this document have to be
This document has been prepared under a standardization request given to CEN and CENELEC by the
European Commission and the European Free Trade Association
Attention is drawn to the possibility that some of the elements of this document may be the subject of patent
rights. CENELEC shall not be held responsible for identifying any or all such patent rights.
The dual logo CEN-CENELEC standardization deliverables, in the numerical range of 45550 – 45559, have
been developed under standardization request M/543 of the European Commission and are intended to
potentially apply to any product within the scope of the Directive 2009/125/EC concerning energy-related
products (ErP).
Topics covered in the above standardization request are linked to the following material efficiency aspects:
a) Extending product lifetime;
b) Ability to reuse components or recycle materials from products at end-of-life;
c) Use of reused components and/or recycled materials in products.
These standards are general in nature and describe or define fundamental principles, concepts, terminology or
technical characteristics. They can be cited together with other product-specific, or product-group, standards
e.g. developed by product technical committees.
This document is intended to be used by manufacturers for assessing products but can also be used by product
technical committees when producing horizontal, generic, product-specific, or product-group, standards.

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Raw materials are at the core of concepts such as resource efficiency and circular economy, which are crucial
to the European economy and essential to maintaining and improving the quality of life. Securing reliable and
unhindered access to certain raw materials is a growing concern within the European Union (EU) and across
the globe. To address this challenge, the European Commission has created a list of critical raw materials
(CRMs). CRMs combine a high economic importance to the EU with a high risk associated with their supply,
both of which are determined according to an objective methodology [1]. The list of CRMs is regularly updated
[2]. The list current at the time of publication is provided in Annex C (C.1).
The availability of information on the use of CRMs in energy-related products (ErP) is intended to improve the
exchange of information e.g. for recycling purposes.
CRMs are identified as a priority area of the European Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan [3].
Altogether, the list of CRMs and related initiatives (including this one) are expected to:
• Contribute to the implementation of the EU industrial policy and strengthen industrial competitiveness;
• Stimulate production of CRMs (including from secondary sources) and the launch of new mining activities
in the EU;
• Monitor issues on CRMs to identify priority actions (related for example to trade, research and innovation,
circular economy).
As information on the use of CRMs in energy-related products by Member States and industry is still very scarce,
efforts need to be made to acquire such knowledge. The objective of this document is to provide a general
methodology for declaration of the use of CRMs in energy-related products in support of the implementation of
the Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC) [4] in product-specific measures. Additionally, this document supports
the implementation of the Raw Materials Initiative by the EU [5].
This document specifies a method for the declaration of CRMs, based on EN IEC 62474. Therefore, this
document will be essential in supporting manufacturers of energy-related products to obtain information and
report on the use of certain CRMs needed to comply with specific requirements in product-specific legislations
in the future.
This document is linked to two other standards, prEN 45555 [6] and FprEN 45559. In relation to the first,
“General methods for assessing the recyclability and recoverability of energy-related products”, the information
to be gathered on CRMs, with the support of this document, can be used during recycling and recovery
processes. In respect to the second, “Methods for providing information relating to material efficiency aspects
of energy-related products”, methods are provided that can be applied in the provision of information on material
efficiency aspects, including CRMs.
In view of the complexity of the matters dealt with in this document, additional background information is
provided in Annex C. It is, therefore, strongly recommended for clarity, that users refer to this Annex whilst using
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1 Scope
The main intended use of this document is to provide a means for information on the use of CRMs to be
exchanged up and down the supply chain and with other relevant stakeholders.
Potential users of this document are any public, private or social enterprises involved in the production of ErP,
such as manufacturers of energy-related products (including SMEs) and other organisations in the product
supply chain. It is also relevant to European market surveillance and trade authorities as well as European
policy makers.
This document is horizontal in nature, and can be applied directly to any type of energy-related product.
This document proposes a standardized format for reporting use of CRMs in energy-related products by
applying the EN IEC 62474 materials declaration standard. However, this document does not provide or
determine any specific method or tool to collect CRM data.
Process chemicals, emissions during product manufacturing and packaging are not in scope of this document.
2 Normative references
The following documents are referred to in the text in such a way that some or all of their content constitutes
requirements of this document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references, the
latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
EN 45559, Methods for providing information relating to material efficiency aspects of energy-related products
EN IEC 62474, Material declaration for products of and for the electrotechnical industry
3 Terms, definitions and abbreviations
3.1 Terms and definitions
For the purposes of this document, the following terms and definitions apply.
ISO and IEC maintain terminological databases for use in standardization at the following addresses:
— IEC Electropedia: available at
— ISO Online browsing platform: available at
NOTE See CEN-CLC/TR 45550 [7] for additional definitions related to material efficiency of ErP.
critical raw material
materials which, according to a defined classification methodology, are economically important, and have a
high-risk associated with their supply
Note 1 to entry: for the purpose of this document, CRMs are the ones listed in annex 1 of {COM(2017) 490 final} [2]. Future
updates to this list will apply and replace former versions of this list.
regulated critical raw material
regulated CRM
critical raw material for which specific regulatory requirement has been set

Under preparation. Stage at the time of publication: IEC 62474:2018 PRV, (Pre release version), (FprEN IEC

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Note 1 to entry: CRMs could be regulated for example by implementing measures under the Ecodesign Directive,
2009/125/EC, or subsequent amendments or revisions.
non-regulated critical raw material
non-regulated CRM
critical raw material for which no specific regulatory requirements have been set
substance or mixture of substances within a product or product part
[SOURCE: IEC 62474:2018, definition 3.15]
material declaration
declaration of certain substances and/or substance groups contained within a product, product part, or material
as applicable
Note 1 to entry: The declaration might be a composition declaration, where the amount of the declared substance or
substance group is provided or it might be a declaration for compliance, where only the presence or absence of the declared
substance or substance group is provided.
[SOURCE: IEC 62474:2018, definition 3.17]
product part
sub-unit of a product
Note 1 to entry: A product part can be a sub-unit of another product part.
Note 2 to entry: If a standard product part e.g. a cable of 1 m length is declared as product part, only portions of it might be
physically present in the product.
Note 3 to entry: In certain legislations, a product part may be called component.
[SOURCE: IEC 62474:2018, definition 3.21]
reporting threshold level
concentration limit at or above which the presence of a declarable substance in a material, product part or
product is declared
[SOURCE: IEC 62474:2018, definition 3.25]

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chemical elements and their compounds in the natural state or obtained by any production process, including
any additive necessary to preserve the stability of the product and any impurites deriving from the process used,
but excluding any solvent which can be separated without affecting the stability of the substance or changing
its composition
[SOURCE: GHS:2017, Chapter 1.2, [8] modified by replacing may by can]
substance group
two or more substances, that share at least one chemical sub-structure, or chemical or physical property under
a generic name
[SOURCE: IEC 62474:2018, definition 3.29]
declarable substance
substance that meets specified criteria for reporting
Note 1 to entry: criteria for declarable substances within the IEC 62474 DSL are specified in Clause 5 of IEC 62474:2018.
Note 2 to entry: This note applies to the French language only.
[SOURCE: IEC 62474:2018, definition 3.5]
declarable substance group
substance group that meets specified criteria for reporting
EXAMPLE Chromium (VI) compounds.
Note 1 to entry: criteria for declarable substance groups within the IEC 62474 DSL are specified in Clause 5 of
IEC 62474:2018.
Note 2 to entry: This note applies to the French language only.
[SOURCE: IEC 62474:2018, definition 3.6]
declarable substance list
list of declarable substances and/or declarable substance groups each with a reporting threshold for a reportable
application(s) which has a mandatory or optional reporting requirement when contained at or above its maximum
threshold value within a product, product part or material
[SOURCE: IEC 62474:2018, definition 3.8]

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3.2 Abbreviations
The following abbreviations have been used in this document:
CAS Chemical Abstracts Service
CRM Critical Raw Material
DSL Declarable Substance List
DS Declarable Substance
DSG Declarable Substance Group
EEE Electrical and Electronic Equipment
ErP Energy-related Product
EU European Union
IEC International Electrotechnical Commission
IUPAC International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
SME Small and Medium Enterprise
VT Validation Team
4 The EN IEC 62474 standard
4.1 Material declaration according to EN IEC 62474
The process of tracking substances or groups of substances like CRMs used in products can be complex,
especially for products with many product parts and long supply chains. Significant issues around the exchange
of the information along the supply chain can be expected in cases where there is no uniform way to provide
such information.
To facilitate the collection and declaration of information on the use of substances in products and product parts,
IEC developed the standard IEC 62474 on material declaration. This document contains:
• a standardized list of declarable substances with standardized names to avoid misspelling (declarable
substances list, DSL) and;
• a standardized format for declaration to ensure that declarations from different suppliers can easily be
understood and exchanged.
EN IEC 62474 is developed for the reporting of substances and materials, standardizing protocols, and
facilitating transfer and processing of data used by Electrical and Electronic Equipment. However, the format
and rules prescribed by EN IEC 62474 are generic and can be applied to any substance list, provided that these
formats and rules are followed strictly. Therefore, substances used in any type of products, including non-
electrical and non-electronics ErPs (e.g. insulation material, windows, gas heaters), can be declared using
EN IEC 62474.
EN IEC 62474 is not specifically linked to the reporting of hazardous substances. Rather, it is developed to
manage declaration of regulated substances, independent of the reason for them being regulated. Therefore,
EN IEC 62474 is able to manage CRMs, which are critical from an economic and supply risk perspective, but
are not necessarily hazardous.
The flexibility of the EN IEC 62474 declaration format enables the supply chain to effectively associate the CRM
to both the product and to a specific part of that product. For instance, one can declare a personal computer
(product) with a motherboard (product part 1) with a coin cell battery (part of product part 1) that contains a
CRM. This flexibility allows users to report on different or multiple levels of the product (part).
Consequently, this document uses EN IEC 62474 to specify the rules and format for sharing information on the
use of CRMs in energy-related products.

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NOTE 1 EN IEC 62474 is used as basis for this document because it is an international standard, with global and
European recognition. In Europe, IEC 62474 successfully followed a process called “parallel vote”, and now carries a dual
logo from CENELEC and IEC, namely “EN IEC 62474”. Despite being developed for electrical and electronic equipment, it
can be adapted to any type of industry, as long as the substance list and the data exchange format follow the requirements
stipulated in IEC 62474.
NOTE 2 The data to be reported is often likely to be based on engineering judgment, supplier material declarations,
and/or sampling and testing.
Further details on EN IEC 62474 are provided in Annex A. See also the IEC guide IEC/TR 62474-1 [9] and IEC
62474 online database [10].
4.2 Maintenance of IEC 62474 substances list
The IEC 62474 declarable substances list mostly includes regulated substances, but may also include non-
regulated substances. More details on the process for inclusion of substances or substance groups in the
IEC 62474 DSL is presented in Annex A (A1 and A2). The IEC 62474 DSL is maintained by the IEC VT 62474.
The validation team updates information in the database based on rules specified in IEC 62474, generally
triggered by updates in legislation. If a new CRM is regulated or if requirements of existing legislation are
updated, it will be assessed and VT will decide whether or not it should be included into the IEC 62474 DSL.
The process for inclusion of a non-regulated substance in the list is more complex, and requires formal approval
of the National Committees members of the IEC VT 62474 team.
5 Assessing and declaring the use of CRMs
5.1 Regulated CRMs
For regulated CRMs, a material declaration shall be provided. It should be prepared as specified in the
applicable legislation.
The material declaration content shall meet the requirements specified in EN IEC 62474 for the applicable
The declaration of regulated CRMs should be carried out according to the requirements and thresholds specified
in applicable legislation. Typical requirements are:
• reporting of the name of the substance or substance group, as described in legislation;
• reporting the amount of the substance or substance group, as described in legislation;
• reporting the location of the substance in the product, if described by legislation;
• exemptions, if applicable.
NOTE The use of standards for such declarations helps ensure consistent and cost-effective flow of information
throughout the supply chain.
5.2 Non-regulated CRMs
The provision of material declaration for non-regulated CRMs is voluntary. Therefore, for non-regulated CRMs,
a material declaration may be provided.
Companies may still need to collect data on a CRM even if it is not regulated. EN IEC 62474 can also be used
to collect this type of information. However, as non-regulated CRMs are not automatically included in the IEC
Declarable Substance List, the manufacturers will need to create their own substance list.
The level of detail of voluntarily collected information can vary. When collecting information on non-regulated
CRMs, it is up to the manufacturer to decide what kind of information they want to collect and determine the
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• list of CRMs covered;
• threshold of reported substances;
• information on product or product part level.
Manufacturers should create and assess the minimum requirements in order to make sure that the collected
data is sufficient to fulfil their needs.
Relevant information that could be collected and assessed on CRMs in order to support activities such as
recycling or substitution of technology or material are:
• business information (e.g. name, address, responsible person and other administrative details of the party
preparing the declaration);
• product information (e.g. product ID, name, category, weight);
• name of the substance or substance group;
• definition of a reporting threshold for the reporting of the substance or substance group;
• amount of the substance or substance group;
• location(s) of the substance in the product if appropriate.
If tools are used to facilitate collection of information on non-regulated CRMs, the manufacturer should ensure
that the selected tool is able to deal with all defined requirements.
Further details and considerations on the declaration of non-regulated CRMs are provided in Annex B.
5.3 Considerations on compliance
Material declarations, as described in this document, are one of the methods manufacturers may use in order
to demonstrate compliance with applicable legislation concerning the use of substances; another method may
be testing. However, due to the complex structure of most energy-related products, it is often impractical for
manufacturers of products to undertake testing of all substances contained in the final assembled product, also
there may not be appropriate test methods available to test them. Instead, in most cases, the only practical way
to assess the presence of substances/substance groups in the product is for manufacturers to work with their
suppliers to manage compliance and compile technical documentation as evidence of compliance [11].
6 Reporting the Use of CRMs
6.1 General
The declaration of the use of CRMs shall be documented.
The need to report use of CRMs to the different target audience(s) shall be determined, and the data shall be
classified within the different sensitivity levels 1, 2, and 3 in accordance with FprEN 45559, or as specified in
Depending on the specific target audience for whom CRMs will be reported, a suitable communication approach
will be defined in accordance with EN 45559.
6.2 Elements of the Material Declaration
The principles of the IEC 62474 material declaration shall be applied. See examples in Annex C (C.27).
A. General aspects (business information)
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2. List of standards applied in this declaration (e.g. EN IEC 62474, EN 45559)
3. Date of documentation
B. Other relevant information for the declaration (product, material and substance information)
4. Product description (type or group)
5. Illustration or description (e.g. list of relevant product parts) of location of the CRMs in products
6. A list of the CRMs to be declared with reference to legislation if applicable
7. Thresholds in which the CRMs are to be declared
C. Declaration on the use of CRMs in product type/group
Information to be provided (per CRM reported) as specified in legislation or, for example:
8. Name of the CRM substance(s) or otherwise substance group(s)
9. CAS number for the CRM substances
10. The amount (or ranges, or presence) in the reported or product part
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Annex A

Introduction to the EN IEC 62474 standard
A.1 EN IEC 62474 introduction
The International standard EN IEC 62474 is implemented in two parts (the standard and a database) supported
by a guidance document:
• IEC 62474, Material declaration for products of and for the electrotechnical industry;
• IEC 62474 database. Available online at [10];
• IEC/TR 62474.1, Material declaration for products of and for the electrotechnical industry – Part 1:
Guidance for the implementation of IEC 62474 [9].
EN IEC 62474 includes a material declaration procedure (rules) and an XML schema for data exchange. By
using EN IEC 62474, it can be ensured that both the supplier creating a material declaration and the customer
receiving the declaration are using the same data format.
The IEC 62464 database is located on the IEC website and its information is updated periodically (Declarable
Substance List and XML Schema). There are four types of information provided in IEC 62474 database:
• Declarable substance groups and declarable substances;
• Reference Substances;
• Material classes;
• XML schema for materials declaration.
The Declarable Substance List (DSL) specifies which substances and substance groups need to be included in
the material declaration. Each substance or substance group entry in the list is completed with the reportable
application and a reporting threshold level.
There are three different criteria used in EN IEC 62474to classify declarable substances, declarable substance
groups, and material classes:
• Criteria 1: substance or substance group that is regulated and subject to a “mandatory” reporting
• Criteria 2: substance or substance group currently under assessment to be regulated and subject to a

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